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Language peer sets for Mentat:
United States
United States/1987
Designed 1987
1980s languages
Fifth generation
Late Cold War


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Country: United States
Designed 1987
Published: 1987

after the Guild of genii in Herbert's Dune

A. Grimshaw, U Virginia, 1987

OO distributed language, an extension of C++, portable to a variety of MIMD architectures. Fundamentals are :
1) provide easy-to-use parallelism,
2) achieve high-performance via parallelism execution,
3) facilitate the executions of applications across a wide-range of platforms. The MENTAT approach exploits the OO paradigm to provide high-level abstractions that mask the complex aspects of parallel programming

Related languages
C++ Mentat   Extension of
Mentat Real-Time Mentat   Extension of

  • Grimshaw, A. and Jane W. S. Liu , (1987) Grimshaw, A. and Jane W. S. Liu , "Mentat: An Object- Oriented Macro Data Flow System" pp35-47 Abstract
          in [OOPSLA 1987] (1987) SIGPLAN Notices 22(12) December 1987 (OOPSLA '87)
  • Skillicorn, David B. and Talia, Domenico (1998) Skillicorn, David B. and Talia, Domenico "Models and languages for parallel computation" pp123-169
          in [ACM] (1998) [ACM] ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) 30(2) June 1998
  • Philippsen, Michael (2000) Philippsen, Michael "A survey of concurrent object-oriented languages" pp917-980
          in (2000) Concurrency: Practice and Experience 2000 v12
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